Division of Social Sciences & History

Bachelor of Arts in History

The History Program at Delta State is dedicated to helping students acquire a broad understanding of the major events, themes, and developments of American, European, and World History. Here, students develop an understanding of historiography and the historian’s craft which includes the ability to think critically, write persuasively, and analyze historically. Our graduates gain cross cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives about the past as well as current events. We offer a variety of academic awards for students who excel in the classroom and/or seek to pursue history education.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in History possess strong critical thinking, writing, and communication skills that prepare them for a wide variety of career options. Our degree program is designed to place students in graduate programs and careers in areas such as historical research, education, government, law, museum curating, and library sciences.  Alumni from our program have been placed in positions in these fields throughout the country.

The History Faculty represents a wide array of research and methodological backgrounds. Thanks to our small class sizes, students are able to work closely with faculty both in the classroom and on individual research projects. All history students conduct original research, which utilizes analysis of primary and secondary sources.

From day one, DSU History students learn to write in a professional, academic, approachable style that prepares them for graduate studies. Whether pursuing post-graduate work in history, other social sciences or humanities, education, or law school, the B.A. in History helps to prepare students for their professional training.

In addition to classes, we sponsors several events and offers various extracurricular activities. Each spring semester we host the Cranford Lecture in American History. We also have History Film nights throughout the academic year, which are co-sponsored by the history honorary society, Phi Alpha Theta.

For additional information about our program and History events, like “The History Program at Delta State” on Facebook. You can also contact a member of the history faculty if you have questions about our program at (662) 846-4170. We will be happy to help you find the path that best suits you and help you develop a course of study that suits your interests.

Meet the Faculty

Charles Westmoreland
Chair of the Division, Program Coordinator, and Associate Professor of United States History
(662) 846-4170

Brian Becker
Associate Professor of Medieval History

Andrew N. Wegmann
Assistant Professor of United States History

Potential Careers in History

  • Archivist
  • Biographer
  • District Attorney
  • Editor/Journalist
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • Genealogist
  • Historian
  • History Professor
  • Historical Society Director
  • Investment Analyst
  • Librarian
  • Preservation/Restoration